Toronto cityscape

Hannah’s goodbye

Well, New – I can’t believe it, but it’s here! This is my goodbye post. I finished my exams and papers a little while ago, so this post is not only my final goodbye to the blog, but my final task at U of T. How crazy is that? I am trying to find ways to cope,…read more

Friends standing together as the sun sets

Post-University Long-Distance Friendships

By Hannah Even though it’s exam season, this week there has been something weighing on me that I would like to get off my chest. As most of you will know if you have been following this blog throughout the course of the year, this is my graduating year. I have had such an amazing…read more

Students' painted hands

My Undergrad in Photos

By Hannah It’s officially nearing the end. Once this post has been published, I will have completed all of the work for my undergrad degree. In celebration/some kind of nostalgic episode, this week’s post is going to be a photo recap of my past four years at U of T. Here are some snaps from…read more

Allen Gardens

When You Just “Can’t City Anymore” 

By Hannah I really love living in the city. It’s bright, bustling and there is always something to do. However, I am a small-town girl at heart. Sometimes the city life becomes a bit too fast for me and I need some quiet spaces in nature where I can just slow down. This week on…read more

Dealing with Competition

By Hannah Competition is a big part of going to U of T. It is competitive to get into, and once you do get in, the competition seems to build from there. Competition doesn’t always have to be a bad thing; it can build you up and make you better. But when it starts impeding…read more

People on the subway

Rush Hour on the Subway: Reflections

By Hannah I always find this strange sense of commonality when I am packed into a bustling subway car with hundreds of other people. Don’t get me wrong here – I in no way doubt it is a sweaty, smelly and cramped environment. I also do not doubt  a cramped subway car has the capacity…read more

Laptop and books on a desk

Study Styles: Tested and Debunked

By Hannah I am going to start this post off with the cliché “oh-my-gosh-where-has-the-time-gone” classic. This semester has just flown by. It’s now the middle of March, and you know what that means – finals are soon. Judging from how fast the rest of the semester has gone, I am going to guess these next…read more

Emmanuel College library

Top 5 Underrated Libraries on Campus

By Hannah I consider myself somewhat of a library aficionado. There is something really wonderful about beautiful places filled with books. In my first year here at U of T, I made a pledge to try out all of the libraries on campus. Now in my fourth year, I am very close to that goal.…read more

Students at the 2015 career mentorship program reception

The Career Mentorship Program

By Hannah One of my favourite things about New College is all of the programs it offers to help us succeed in life once we graduate. I had the privilege of attending the reception for one of these programs a couple of weeks back—the Career Mentorship Program. To give you a brief overview of the…read more

An image of the University of Toronto's front campus

A Comprehensive List of Academic Resources

By Hannah It’s that time again, folks. There are papers, midterms and finals lurking around March’s corner. I know firsthand that university is tough, but there are so many wonderful services offered by the College and University to help! Here is a comprehensive, all-inclusive reference guide for help in your academic success: Inside the Classroom…read more

The waterfront in Copenhagen, Denmark

Budget Travel Tips!

By Hannah Almost every student I talk to wants to travel, but doesn’t think they can afford it. While travelling can be expensive, with ample time and prep work it is definitely possible! I have done some extreme budget travelling in the past…from living off apples and bread to sleeping in airports so I didn’t…read more

A view of the Toronto skyline from the Toronto Islands

6 Ways to Have a “Staycation” This Reading Week

By Hannah Happy almost reading week! We’ve made it almost halfway through the semester! Give yourself a pat on the back–you deserve it! You know what you also deserve? A vacation. You deserve vacation time even if you are unable to get away for an out-of-city vacation. This week, I’m going to share with you…read more

Graduands at convocation

Real Talk: Graduation

By Hannah I’ve avoided this topic for a long time, so let’s just cut to the chase. This blog post is about the scariest thing I am going to do this year: graduate. I know graduating is an achievement, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity for my education. But man, uncertainty…read more

A person meditating at sunset (photo by Moyan Brenn)

Mindfulness: Why and How to Meditate

By Hannah I have an overactive mind. As soon as I complete one task, I am thinking of the next. I know this type of thinking and constant obsessing over things is not good for me in any way, so I have recently decided to integrate meditation into my weekly routine, and I thought I…read more

A photo of New College students at Ripley's Aquarium

An Adventure to the Aquarium!

By Hannah This week’s post is going to be a bit different than usual, as I was lucky enough to adventure to the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada with New College last week as part of Re-Orientation week! I hope some of you were able to make it out with us, but if you couldn’t –…read more

A cardboard button which says "I resolve to [blank] in the new year."

6 Manageable New Year’s Resolutions

By Hannah Welcome back, New! I hope you are relaxed and ready to take on a new semester and year! New Year’s is a time of re-evaluation, self-reflection and big goal setting. I love the concept of New Year’s as a checkpoint, and I love reflecting on my past year and finding ways to make…read more

Various movie posters and book covers

12 Movies and Books For Your Winter Break

By Hannah Stevenson By this point in the semester you have either finished all of your finals and essays, or you are very close to finishing. So I think congratulations are in order! You made it through! All of your hard work has finally paid off. You can sleep a lot more, put your feet…read more

My Stress Coping Mechanism: Music

By Hannah I am just going to get straight to the point with this post: exams are stressful. Papers are stressful. As students, sometimes it seems as though we are predisposed to this stress and are forced to accept that it is simply part of our role. Stress and student life go hand in hand.…read more

New College students

Student Roundup: Exam and Study Playlists

By Hannah So it’s that time of year again: the time when everything is due, study can no longer be procrastinated and stress levels are generally high. I don’t know about you, but the only thing that gets me through this time of the year is the music I listen to (well, that and coffee).…read more